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 Post subject: Merlin (Tange Prestige)
PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:09 am 
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Just picked up a nice bargain

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Lovely 'ting' off the frame, Mavic, Stx-Rc, Ritchey, Manitou SX (any good? Don't know much about suspension).

All seized up from the V-brake arms to the seatpost but the frame seems sound and I think everything is salvageable. Hoping the post won't be too much trouble and determined to get it out.

From what I can find out these are well thought of if not a prestigious brand. Looking forward to finding out!

Better pics when I can...


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 9:36 pm 
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Nice lookin' bike you have there , Manitou forks work well IME , had a pair of SXRs BITD . Plastic top caps are easily damaged though , but ok if your careful .
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 9:40 pm 
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I always fall for this one 'cause I am a huge fan of Merlin....















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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 4:38 pm 
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Haha yes it's a shame there is a better Merlin brand because it means there's always a slight disappointment when the (still pretty decent) UK version comes up. Partly why I put 'Tange prestige' in the title.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 4:43 pm 
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Mike Muz 67 wrote:
Nice lookin' bike you have there , Manitou forks work well IME , had a pair of SXRs BITD . Plastic top caps are easily damaged though , but ok if your careful .
Mike


Thanks mate! Prompted me to take some better pics
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:25 pm 
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Wow , a local ! :lol:
Flatten that saddle , flip the stem , take off the bar ends and it'll look a whole lot better I reckon . Actually , leave bar ends on if you like , I just prefer to have no dents in my top tube :facepalm: Oh , and lose the Wonder light bracket , the re-cycling truck comes on Tuesday :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:16 pm 
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It'll need a bit more than that. Full strip and rebuild I reckon but no time to do it all in one go so it'll be five or ten mins here and there. It's completely unrideable at the moment.

Good point on the bar ends, I'd prefer to keep them but I'll check whether they hit the tube.

Light bracket? You mean on the seatpost? That's a coke-soaked bit of kitchen-roll. Probably won't loosen the post but worth a try!

You in Brighton too? The Merlin was on gumtree a couple of weeks ago. I check pretty regularly but others even more so cos the real bargains get snapped up. Not this time! (Or at least, it was me doing the snapping!)


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:19 pm 
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Flip the stem? For a real heads down ride huh? Never thought of that but I'll give it a try! I'm more used to early 90s. Never had an aheadset stem to flip and bikes from the early 90s bikes are usually heads down enough.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:10 pm 
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Hi,
Yes I'm in Patcham right now , but usually reside in Worthing . Never look up gumtree , sounds like I'm missing out . Good luck with the seat post :wink:
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 9:51 pm 
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Another nice one. Any progress on it?


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